Barbara Jordan

Jordan, Barbara Charline

Barbara Charline Jordan, 1936–96, African-American lawyer, public official, and educator, b. Houston. After graduating from Boston Univ. Law School (1959), she practiced law in Houston. In 1966 she became the first African American to be elected to the Texas senate, and six years later, the first to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the South since Reconstruction. As a Democratic member of Congress, she achieved national renown on the House Judiciary Committee when it investigated (1974) the Watergate affair. Her keynote address at the 1976 Democratic national convention further enhanced her stature, but she decided to retire from politics the following year. From 1979 until her death, she taught at the Univ. of Texas.

See biography by M. B. Rogers (1998).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Barbara Jordan: Selected full-text books and articles

Barbara Jordan By James Haskins Dial Press, 1977
Profiles in Power: Twentieth-Century Texans in Washington By Kenneth E. Hendrickson Jr.; Michael L. Collins; Patrick Cox University of Texas Press, 2004 (New edition)
American Orators of the Twentieth Century: Critical Studies and Sources By Bernard K. Duffy; Halford R. Ryan Greenwood Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Barbara Jordan" begins on p. 233
American Women Civil Rights Activists: Biobibliographies of 68 Leaders, 1825-1992 By Gayle J. Hardy McFarland, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "Barbara Jordan" begins on p. 210
Climbing the Hill: Gender Conflict in Congress By Karen Foerstel; Herbert N. Foerstel Praeger, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Barbara Jordan begins on p. 32
African-American Orators: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook By Richard W. Leeman Greenwood Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Barbara Charline Jordan" begins on p. 207
Women Politicians and the Media By Maria Braden University Press of Kentucky, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Barbara Jordan begins on p. 69
Biographical Dictionary of Congressional Women By Karen Foerstel Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Barbara Jordan" begins on p. 137
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